At its meeting on Oct. 5, the Development Review Board (DRB) heard testimony on the revised Sketch Plan for a 91-unit housing development on the part of the Kwiniaska golf course located on the west side of Spear Street. Chris Snyder of Snyder homes presented the revised plan, which contains nine fewer units than the original proposal, plus a reconfiguration of the layout.
Snyder noted that the open space proposed is now more contiguous and has been expanded from 19 to 24 acres, that many of the new homes will face Spear Street, that the entrance has been shifted to the north to save many existing trees, and other changes were made in response to concerns expressed by DRB members and neighboring residents about the original Sketch Plan. Snyder introduced Tina Scharf, a wildlife biologist, who visited the site and concluded that “there are no rare, threatened or endangered species on the property, except perhaps the northern long-eared bat during summer,” and, “there are no significant natural communities, rare faunal or botanical features, or deer wintering areas.” Scharf said that in her opinion, dogs are the bigger threat to wildlife.
Area residents also raised questions concerning stormwater implications from developing the land. Andy Rowe, a consultant to Snyder Homes, said the stormwater plan will be an improvement from the current situation because of the new and upgraded stormwater retention ponds envisioned in the development. Snyder added that the subsurface drains around new housing units, road design, and landscaping features would also help. When asked by DRB chair Mary Kehoe if they would agree to an independent third party review of the stormwater features of the plan, both Snyder and Rowe said yes.
After further discussion, the DRB voted to continue the hearing until their Nov. 16 meeting so that the Natural Resources Committee would have sufficient time to comment on the proposal.
In other business, the DRB approved a Final Plan Amendment Application by Eric Morris for the expansion by approximately 8,500 square feet of an existing building envelope to accommodate a new barn at 370 Monarch Road on Crescent Ridge.
The DRB also requested a special meeting on Oct. 17 with the consultant who presented proposals for upgrading audiovisual equipment for their meetings.
The next meeting regular of the Development Review Board will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7pm in the Municipal Center.